Tuesday, March 29, 2011

weekly fun (mar 31-apr 6)

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(BEGINNING FRI) Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Daily events and attractions through April 30, most with appeal for kids and families. Mount Vernon Street Fair is April 15-17. Handy online “bloom map” shows which fields currently have flowers. Prices vary, many events FREE. Download the festival brochure online.
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011
Various locations throughout the Skagit Valley
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Freddy’s Monday
The first 1,000 through the gates of Pacific Science Center get FREE admission today. Special exhibits and theater programs extra.
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave. N.
Seattle WA
All ages

(FRI/SAT/SUN) Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
GO game, Japanese toys, tea ceremony demonstrations, food, Taiko drumming, Japanese artisan demonstrations, skateboard routines and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sun.
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Seattle Center House and Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison St.
Seattle WA 98109
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Free Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Children’s Museum of Tacoma is free 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. first Fridays. No groups.
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
936 Broadway Ave.
Tacoma WA 98402
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Free Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue Arts Museum is free 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. first Fridays.
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue WA 98004
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Small Frye: Storytelling in the Galleries
Children’s stories are brought to life with movement and play in the Frye Art Museum galleries by Frye educators or librarians from The Seattle Public Library. Visit the galleries after story time. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. first Fridays. FREE, drop-in, preschool classes with reservation (206-432-8211).
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011, 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave.
Seattle WA 98104
Preschool; FREE

(FRI) Free Soundbridge
Admission is FREE to Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center noon to 4 p.m. Fridays. Musical Storytelling is offered at 1:30 p.m. for ages 2 to 5 (groups of 6 children or larger must pre-register at 206-336-6613).
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011, 12 – 4 p.m.
Benaroya Hall
Second Avenue and Union Street
Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Free Hands On Children’s Museum
Hands On Children’s Museum is free 5 to 9 p.m. first Fridays.
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011, 5 – 9 p.m.
Hands On Children’s Museum
106 11th Ave. S.W.
Olympia WA 98501
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Seattle Tilth Family Day
“Earth Day Celebration.” Garden snacks and exploration of organic learning gardens. Find out about Seattle Tilth’s children’s garden programs.
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Rainier Beach Learning Garden
4800 S. Henderson
Seattle WA 98118
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Skandia Family Dance
Pizza, salad and drinks, kids’ activities and traditional Scandinavian instruments to try, followed by participatory dance (7 p.m., no experience necessary).
Ages 4 and older. $10, kids free.
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Grange Hall
20526 52nd Ave. W.
Lynnwood WA 98036

(SAT) Community Health Fair
Free health screenings, mammograms, breast exams and pap tests (by appointment). Children's activities throughout the day. Screening of NAAM's Youth Docent Program PSA. Come and enjoy free admission to NAAM and the new Checking Our Pulse exhibition.
Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011, 12 – 6 a.m.
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S. Massachusetts St.
Seattle WA 98144
All ages; FREE

(SAT) South Park Rocks!
The Savani World Jazz Quintet, led by South Park resident Elspeth Savani, performs passionate interpretations of Latin song styles such as Brazilian samba, Argentine tango, Cuban son, and Peruvian waltz, fused with a heavy dose of jazz. Enjoy a high-energy performance that is part Latin jazz concert and part call-and-response rhythm fest! Families and children are especially invited–bring your clapping hands and dancing feet! This event is funded in part by the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.
South Park Library
8604 8th Ave S
Seattle, Wa
Apr 2, 2011 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

(SAT) Kindiependent Concert
Concert features The Not-Its!
Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
COST: $4, $10 family.
Mount Baker Community Clubhouse
2811 Mount Rainier Drive
Seattle WA 98144

(SAT) Sensory Friendly Film
Families affected by autism and other disorders can enjoy a film with lights brought up, sound turned down and no previews or ads. Bring your own snacks and feel free to move about. Today, Hop (PG). $4 to $6.
Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011, 10 a.m.
AMC Woodinville 12
17640 Garden Way N.E.
Woodinville WA
AMC Kent Station 14
426 Ramsay Way
Kent WA

(SAT) Spaces and Places Family Festival
What: Face painting, a lion dance, and other activities with Eastern flair.
Why: Catch a screening of the new Karate Kid (sorry, we know you still harbor a crush on Ralph Macchio).
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St. (206-654-3100). Admission is free.

(SAT) Spring Carnival at Gilda’s Club Seattle
Carnival games, prizes, face painting, tattoos, clowns, cake walk, yummy food and more at this annual Carnival for kids.
Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011, 12 – 2 p.m.
Gilda’s Club Seattle
1400 Broadway
Seattle WA 98122
FREE; Pre-register Yes

(SAT) Minnie’s Masquerade Party
Kids and families can enjoy themed activities including do-it-yourself masquerade masks. Kids are invited to sing and dance to the tunes from their favorite Disney Junior series including "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "Handy Manny," "Imagination Movers" and the new adventure series "Jake and the Never Land Pirates." Ages 2 to 7.
Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011, 1 – 3 p.m.
Northgate Mall
401 N.E. Northgate Way
Seattle WA 98125
Toddler, Preschool, Elementary School

(SAT) Annual Children’s Concert
Seattle Men’s Chorus, Seattle Women’s Chorus and kids ages 11 to 19 from Village Theater’s KIDSTAGE present a children’s concert featuring music, antics, theatrics and audience participation. Pre-order online or at box office, limit 10 per household.
Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011, 2 – 3 p.m.
McCaw Hall
321 Mercer St.
Seattle WA 98109
All ages; FREE
Pre-register; Yes

(SAT) Spokespeople Ride
Take a fun community bicycle ride with expert bicycle commuters. New riders welcome. Helmets required ($10 helmets available; call first). Children ages 9 and older with parents/guardians (ages 1 to 8 must be in trailer/child seat, or may ride on gravel path at Wallingford Playfield). 2 to 4 p.m. (arrive at 1:45 p.m. if new to riding in groups).
Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011, 2 – 4 p.m.
Wallingford Playfield (south end)
4219 Wallingford Ave. N.
Seattle WA 98103
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Life Under Water Nature Program
Did you know that an animal can live its entire life in a small pond? Ponds are a unique and important habitat, and this weekend you can learn about the different animals that live in and around ponds, their survival techniques, and how some have adapted to live under water. This program is geared towards kids of all ages…just remember to wear your rubber boots and bring along a change of clothes!
Sun., 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Bellevue, Free.

(MON) Crafternoon
What: Turn everyday socks into silly puppets (ages 3 and up).
Why: Add googly eyes for instant character.
When: Mon., 4-6 p.m.
Where: Izilla Toys, 1419 12th Ave. (206-322-8697).
Participation is free.

(MON) Caspar BabyPants
Kent Library
212 2nd Ave. N.
Kent, Wa. 98032
(253) 859-3330
show is free but please call ahead for admission information
set time 10:30am

(MON) Food Drive
Mon, Apr 4, 2011, 4–5PM
Meet at Ercolini Park, 4542 48th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Join us to collect food donations in the Genesee neighborhood. Food will be delivered to the White Center Food Bank. This is a fun event for children of all ages. Bring a wagon, if you can!

MON) Food Drive
Mon, Apr 4, 2011, 4–5PM
Meet at Ercolini Park, 4542 48th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Join us to collect food donations in the Genesee neighborhood. Food will be delivered to the White Center Food Bank. This is a fun event for children of all ages. Bring a wagon, if you can!

(TUES) Puppets Please Marionettes
Start Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
A variety show of colorful animal characters that sing, dance and roller skate. They chat face to face with children and jump onto their laps for bear hugs. *Since the puppets will be jumping onto the children's laps, we ask that food, drinks and "sticky stuff" not be given to children during the show.
Library: Issaquah Library
Location: Meeting Room
Sponsored by the Friends of the Issaquah Library.

WED) Nancy Stewart @ Kenmore Library, Wednesday, April 6, 10:30am
Ages 3 and older.
Join Northwest singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart for a guided musical tour through your house. Explore fun and easy ways the whole family can stay safe and go green. Learn about creating a disaster kit, preparing for an emergency and getting the whole family involved in conserving energy.

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